Mayor, City Engineer describe City's response to local flooding - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/10

Mayor, City Engineer describe City's response to local flooding

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's mayor says the City helped dozens of Lubbock residents during this weekend's heavy rains.

Mayor Tom Martin says the City provided sand bags to about 70 homes that were near playa lakes. That's in comparison to about 150 homes during the flood of September 2008.

But, City Engineer Michael Keenum says although there were flooding problems in the city, the drainage system is making a big difference. 

"When we get as much rain as we got the past several days the lakes are going to fill up and overflow. However, the ability for them to recover is much improved than it was 10 plus years ago."

Mayor Martin adds that the City of Lubbock is eligible for federal assistance to help with the costs of the recent floods.

"Since rains were part of Hurricane Alex we are able to apply for reimbursement from FEMA up to 75% of the cost the City incurred in responding to the flood situation."

Martin says the biggest cost was paying city crews overtime during the heavy rains.

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